Aida Opera in Quattro Atti Versi di Antonio Ghislanzoni... R. Teatro alla Scala Carnevale-Quaresima 1871-72. [Libretto]
by VERDI, Giuseppe 1813-1901
Milano: R. Stabilimento Ricordi, 1872. First Italian Edition, printed for the first performance in Italy (Milan). Not in Fuld. Chusid, p. 9. OCLC no. 157537182.Verdi's Aida was premièred at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt on December 24, 1871. The Italian première, to which Verdi devoted great attention, took place at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on February 8, 1872."There is... one important aspect in which Aida remains the most radical and ‘modern' of Verdi's scores: its use of local colour. Aida, constantly alluding to its ambience in harmony and instrumentation, is the one Verdi opera that could not conceivably be transported to another geographical location. In this respect it was an important indication of the influence local colour would come to have over fin-de-siècle opera, and an object lesson on the delicacy and control with which this colour could be applied to the standard forms and expressive conventions of Italian opera." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online.. Octavo. Brown paper wrappers. 1f. (title with copyright notice to verso), (named cast and personnel lists for the first performance), 1f. (part title), -58 pp. Some wear, soiling, and foxing. (Inventory #: 26767)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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